At a ceremony Friday evening at the Glass Pavilion of the Toledo Museum of Art, AIA Ohio recognized the recipients of the 2010 AIA Ohio Honor Awards.  The awards, presented by Jury Chair Craig Dykers AIA of Snohetta, Honor Awards Committee Chair John Kelleher AIA and AIA Ohio President Bruce W. Sekanick AIA, are part of the 2010 AIA Ohio Convention.  The intent of this long running awards program is to honor architects, and their clients, who through high level design, have distinguished themselves and their firms.  This year, there were 84 design award entries by 44 firms.

The Honor Award recipients for the New Buildings, Additions, Renovations and Restorations category are:

Bryant Arts Center, Granville, Ohio – Maddox NBD Inc, Powell, Ohio, Architect of Record, Beyer Blinder Belle, Architects & Planners LLP, Design Architect, Jobes Henderson & Associates Inc, Civil Engineer.

Peoria Center for Performing Arts, Peoria, Arizona – Westlake Reed Leskosky, Architect, Cleveland, Ohio, Paul-Koehler Consulting Structural Engineer.

Bertram and Judith Kohl Building, Oberlin, Ohio – Westlake Reed Leskosky, Architect, Cleveland, Ohio.


The Merit Award recipients in the New Buildings, Additions, Renovations and Restoration category are:

Gordon Square Bus Shelters, Cleveland, Ohio – Robert Maschke Architects, Inc, Architect, Cleveland, Ohio.

Wright State University- Lake Campus, Celina, Ohio – Richard Fleischman + Partners Architects, Inc. Architect, Cleveland, Ohio.


The Honor Award recipient for the Interiors Category is:

Corporate Office Lobby Renovation, The Collaborative Inc – The Collaborative, Inc, Toledo, Ohio

The Merit Awards recipients for the Interiors Category are:

DOTS Headquarters, Glenwood, Ohio – Vocon, Architect, Cleveland, Ohio.

Amin Turocy & Calvin, LLP, Cleveland, Ohio – Kordalski Architects, Inc, Architect, Cleveland, Ohio, Karpinski Engineering, Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer.

Dubai Mall Medical Center. Dubai – NBBJ, Architect, Columbus, Ohio.


AIA Ohio also presented two twenty five year awards.

The first award is goes to Playhouse Square Development, Cleveland, OH.  The original architect was Dalton van Dijk Johnson Partners and the building was designed by Westlake Reed Leskosky, Cleveland, Ohio.  This project included the development of the Playhouse Square area, which included the renovation of Palace, State and Ohio theatres and adjacent properties and  buildings.

The second 25 year award goes to Bellflower Elementary in Mentor, Ohio.  The architect was Richard Fleischman Architects, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.  This project included the design of an open school solution incorporated into a community of suburban, single story homes.  The flexible interior space provides the teaching staff with an indefinite arrangement of space while the exterior of the symmetrically shaped building uses tunnels bored through the earth berm that forms the face of the non-building.

AIA Ohio congratulates each of the Design award winners, and their clients, on the quality designs recognized.

In addition to the design awards, AIA Ohio recognized four the recipients of individual awards.

AIA Ohio Mentor Award.

This year, Lane J. Beougher AIA, from the State Architects’s Office, Columbus, Ohio receives the AIA Ohio 2010 Mentor award for his service in the professional arena and for his mentoring and engagement of students and young professionals in specification writing, preparation for the ARE, and involvement in the IDP program.  Lanes nomination was highlighted, in a letter of support by AIA Columbus president Pete Macrae, by examples of his commitment to the profession through his engagement and nurturing of the next generation of architects.

AIA Ohio Public Service Award.

The 2010 AIA Ohio Public Service Award has been presented to Michael Christoff, Assoc. AIA of FORUM Architects, Cleveland, Ohio and Bradley Fink of Westlake Reed Leskosky, also of Cleveland.  Mike and Brad founded the Cleveland Design Competition.  This competition is an coordinated through the internet by seeking responses to design challenges in Cleveland.  Annually, this competition attracts over 500 registrants that results in more than 200 entries.  The Kent State University Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative is a partner for this event.  Mike also serves and the AIA Cleveland Associates Committee Chair and is the PechaKucha Cleveland event coordinator.  Brad is active in the Historic District Public Realm Committee.

Finally, AIA Ohio has awarded to one individual and one firm the the highest honor that can be bestowed by the organization.

AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm Award.

This year the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm award, which represents and honors firms that have consistently demonstrated high level design over an extended period, was awarded to the firm Acock Associates Architects from Columbus, Ohio.  Founded in 1967, Acock Associates Architects have sought to combine creative design, functional planning and sound tectonics in measured balance to create enduring architecture.

The firm, which has been instrumental in the revitalization of the arena district has also worked closely with Limited Brands since the mid -70s, and includes most recently the new offices and distribution center for Tween Brands.

Today, the firm employs 13 registered architects/planners, 7 Cadd Technicians, a professional artist and three administrators.  Firm Founder George Acock participates in the design of each Acock Associates project.  The firm has received 16 citations for excellence in commercial facility design from state, local and national organizations.  George Acock also taught at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University.

AIA Ohio Gold Medal Award.

The AIA Ohio Gold Medal award is the highest individual award that can be awarded by the Society.  The recipient of the 2010 AIA Ohio Gold Medal is Robert S. Livesey FAIA.

Rob is an architect and an educator who has not only raised the awareness of design in Ohio, but has established a teaching model that has been emulated nationally.  He has won numerous teaching awards including the Judith Capen Teaching Award at Yale University and the AIA Ohio Teaching Award at the Ohio State University Knowlton School.  Rob is principal of Robert Livesey, Architect and has won numerous design awards including a Citation from Progressive Architecture for Maison Truc and an AIA Columbus Award for Harold Nestor Hall.  He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and of the American Academy in Rome.  Rob received his AB in architecture form Princeton University in 1969 and his Master of Architecture for Harvard University in 1972.  He was also awarded the Sheldon Traveling Fellowship from Harvard and won the Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome.  Rob worked for I.M. Pei and Partners in New York city.  He taught at Yale University for eight years and shorter teaching engagements at the Un iversity of Pennsylvania and Syracuse University.

In 1983 Rob was recruited to be a professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at The Ohio State University.  Rob enlarged the faculty  and reduced the student/faculty ratio, while also raising the incoming students GPA and ACT scores.  He was also responsible for bringing world renowned architects to teach and lecture in the program. Under his leadership, the Department of Architecture received the University Distinguished Visiting Professorship four times in a row.

Rob has been active in the AIA and has served on the boards of both AIA Columbus and AIA Ohio.  He also has been a long standing member of the Columbus Architecture Foundation.  He has also served on the boards of the Columbus Design Center and the Columbus City Schools Neighborhood School Development Partnership.

In a letter of support from Phil Markwood FAIA of Markwood Architects, Columbus, Phil describes Rob as a person “who elevates those around him.”   AIA Ohio is pleased to present the AIA Ohio Gold Medal to Robert S. Levesey, FAIA.

On behalf of the members of AIA Ohio, congratulations to all of of award recipients.